On Predestination

In one of our  TheoPub events, the question came up about predestination. What is it? Does God’s sovereignty erase man’s responsibility? Does man have free will? My aim in this article is not to attempt to comprehensively explain predestination because the apostles themselves never did. They did however, explicitly talk about it. My goal here is to look at the reasons why the apostles used words like “predestined for adoption” and “chosen” to show that they were meant to provoke the church into joyful celebration – not create nervous confusion. Given the… Read More

I lost my religion in South Sudan

When Jesus instituted the gathering of the church He was clear about our purpose, and it’s shockingly simple. He and His friends gathered around bread and wine, and He said that every time they gathered they were to reflect on His gift of grace, take those sacraments and remember Him. “THIS do” He said. The church is a living, breathing, organism. The apostles appointed elders & deacons to organize the organism so that sound gospel doctrine could be preserved and the church could care for one another in times of affliction and persecution. The… Read More

Everything is not awesome

Getting ready for church is an exhausting exercise for a lot of people. By getting ready, I don’t mean making wardrobe decisions. I mean the exhausting exercise of putting on the everything-is-awesome face. You know your life, your pain. your suffering, your fears and your sin better than anyone. You know everything isn’t awesome. The idea of going to church makes you nauseous because instead of crumpling into a ball, confessing weakness and finding grace, you feel pressured to confess awesomeness where you only find further exhaustion. God’s word encourages the church to “weep with those who… Read More